Natural gas pipeline explodes in South Texas; no injuries

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Posted: Oct 16, 2015 9:31 AM

(Reuters) - A natural gas pipeline owned by Lewis Energy Group caught fire early on Friday near Encinal, south Texas, though no injuries were reported, the company said in a statement.

The cause of the fire, which broke out around 4 a.m. on Friday just west of the city, was unclear. Local fire departments were working to extinguish the blaze, which could be seen lighting up the night sky for miles around according to pictures captured on local media.

The Encinal City Manager's office said there have been no reported injuries from the fire and no evacuations ordered.

Local media initially reported that the explosion was from an oil pipeline, but the company confirmed that it was a natural gas line.

The size of the pipeline was not known and there was no immediate impact to natural gas prices.

Privately owned San Antonio-based Lewis Energy is a natural gas producer that operates more than 1,400 natural gas wells, according to the company website.

(Reporting by Robert Gibbons and Edward McAllister in New York and Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas, Editing by W Simon; writing by Edward McAllister)